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Huell Howser, Folksy Public TV Host, Is Dead at 67

Postby rlown » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:48 pm

Wow:

Huell Howser, who roamed the highways of the Golden State as the folksy host of “California’s Gold,” perhaps the most popular public television show in the state, died on Monday at his home in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 67.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/11/arts/ ... .html?_r=0

I always liked the 8 or 9 episodes he did of the Sierra. Trout planting, the area around Saddlebag lk, Yosemite venues, etc.

Rest in Peace, Huell.



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Re: Huell Howser, Folksy Public TV Host, Is Dead at 67

Postby The Other Tom » Mon Jan 14, 2013 5:45 am

I happened to catch an episode on Yosemite where he talked about the chapel and the Lecont Lodge. It was the first time I've seen him. Anybody know where he was from ? Sounded like he had a Texas accent.
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Re: Huell Howser, Folksy Public TV Host, Is Dead at 67

Postby austex » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:18 am

From Wikipedia:
Howser was born in Gallatin, Tennessee.[2] Howser received his first name from a portmanteau of his parents' names, Harold and Jewell, as revealed in the California's Gold episode "Smartsville". He received a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he also served as student body president. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and on the staff of Senator Howard Baker, Howser began his television career at WSM-TV in Nashville. He began a series of "human interest" stories for WSM.
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Re: Huell Howser, Folksy Public TV Host, Is Dead at 67

Postby copeg » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:41 am

Sad news.
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Re: Huell Howser, Folksy Public TV Host, Is Dead at 67

Postby maverick » Mon Jan 14, 2013 3:33 pm

Saw this tribute to him on Sunday's episode:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/1 ... 72794.html
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Re: Huell Howser, Folksy Public TV Host, Is Dead at 67

Postby Timberline » Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:14 pm

I'm sorry he's gone, and he'll be missed in some circles.
I always cringed a little at his corny, "aw shucks" style, and was bothered that he never took off his sunglasses while on camera. His production values fell a long way short of another TV series done for local PBS stations, "Oregon Field Guide," but hey, Huell Howser made an indelible mark with his quirky style, and it was genuine. Bless him for providing his own personal honesty on TV. May he rest in eternal peace.
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